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MOSCOW, May 28 (Itar-Tass World Service)
The most serious incident during the civil war occurred in Syria. In the heavy gunfire about 100 people with children making a third of them were killed in Al Hula. It is still unclear who shot in Syrian children, but the experts doubt that any committee will be able to find those responsible for the massacre. The West accused Bashar Assad’s regime of massacre. Russia believes that this is a provocative act.
Although the official Syrian authorities deny their involvement in the tragedy, the West shouldered responsibility for massacre on Assad’s regime, which has been seeking to suppress the resistance of the opposition for more than a year, the Kommersant daily reported. This means that new sanctions are expected against Syria and Russia will not be able to protect its ally. Meanwhile, this may not be needed after all. According to US sources, Russia and the United States are about to reach an essential agreement to settle the Syrian crisis under Yemen’s variant.
The experts doubt that any committee will be able to find those responsible for the massacre in Al Hula and believe that the guilt for the tragedy can be shouldered on the Syrian authorities, the newspaper noted.
The Kommersant daily reported with the reference to The New York Times that the US authorities could attract Russia with their plan to settle the Syrian crisis. This is the Yemeni variant, which envisages the resignation of Bashar Assad under the guarantees of immunity, the appointment of someone from his associates to the post of the president and a gradual reform and democratization of the Syrian political system. The New York Times sources in the US administration claimed that Barack Obama told personally about this idea to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at a G-8 summit in Camp David. This proposal was taken with interest, the source of the newspaper said.
Meanwhile, the Kommersant daily noted Washington realizes that Vladimir Putin will take a final decision. Barack Obama will discuss this issue with him at a G-20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, in June.
The Nezavisimaya Gazeta daily reported with the reference to the official Syrian news agency SANA about new casualties. Unidentified gunmen staged a massacre in two villages near Homs. In one massacre ten people, including six little children, were killed, in another massacre seven people, including three children, were killed. It is seen clearly on the photos, which the news agency posted, that the children were gunned down right at the place, where they were sleeping. The attackers were destroying the houses and set the croplands on fire. The police stations and a local hospital were attacked. The authorities claimed that Al Qaeda militants committed the murders.
Meanwhile, the newspaper reported that UN and LAS special envoy Kofi Annan will come back in Syria on Monday to assess the current situation. Since April 12 the ceasefire agreement is in effect in Syria. The ceasefire agreement is violated regularly despite the presence of the UN observers. This happens not to say the least, because the political wing of the opposition, which agreed on ceasefire, does not control scattered groups of militants, which are getting a massive assistance from foreign sponsors. Another problem is the intensification of extremists, which can be really connected with international terrorist networks.
It is still unclear, who was shooting in people, the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily reported. It is clear that the opposition blames Assad’s regime. The official Syrian authorities shoulder responsibility on terrorists. The most horrible thing that both conflicting parties can be right in the search for those responsible in the massacres, the newspaper reported. Interethnic bloody clashes, the massacre of the enemies of the ruling regime is a well-planned provocative act, which was seeking to defile Damascus again in the eyes of Syrian citizens and the world community? No matter who is really behind the tragedy in Al Hula, the enemies of Assad’s regime will take advantage of the massacre fully for further pressure on the Syrian authorities. Should the problem of international intervention in Syria get to the background recently, ardent supporters of this intrusion may appear now.
Russia has blocked a resolution of the UN Security Council over the attack on the Syrian city Al Hula, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily recalled. Russia finds this document quite unbalanced and one-sided. France and Great Britain initiated the resolution, which denounces the massacre.
Last week in a report to New York UN and LAS special envoy Kofi Annan acknowledged that the intensity of the armed confrontation in Syria “went down somehow, but the general level of violence in the country continues to remain quite high in the country.” At this moment of time the head office of the Syrian Advisory Council on Human Rights, which sided with Assad’s enemies, “drops a media bomb” about a bloody massacre in Al Hula, and the Syrian Liberation Army publicly refuses from Annan’s peace plan.
The Russian Foreign Ministry stated before many times that the level of competence of the Syrian Advisory Council on Human Rights makes Russia doubt that the information it provides is reliable, the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily reported. Russian diplomats stated that only two people work in “a falsely informed” organization, and its head Rami Abdurahman does not have even the full secondary education. He lives permanently in London, where he owns a small snack bar.